LinkedIn disconnecting from China marking the end of an era for American-Owned social media sites in the communist-gripped nation, as Quatz reported. Prior to this the shut down, LinkedIn stopped signing in new users in China, and people have not been able to sign up and join LinkedIn since March. “Around the same time, China’s internet regulator told LinkedIn officials to better regulate its content and gave them 30 days to do so,” a Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources.
In 2009, China banned its citizens access to Facebook and Twitter. The move prompted google to leave a year later citing threats to its future and the censorship and hacking attempts on its registered users by the Chinese governemnt. Now, LinkedIn is shutting down its local iteration of the careers and networking site, which launched in 2014 after deciding to adhere to the Chinese government’s internet regulations.
LinkedIn in China had attracted 54 million users, as the New York Times reported, which makes it the platform’s largest market after the US and India.
LinkedIn isn’t completely abandoning China. It’s planning to resurface in China later in 2021 under the name InJobs, which will be a typical job board site, without social features that allow users to share articles, ideas, and opinions.